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The Blue & Gray Press | January 21, 2018

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Chilling “It” remake impresses audiences following dated series

October 26, 2017 |


Senior Writer

In 1986, acclaimed horror novel writer, Stephen King, terrified the world with one of his most famous stories, “It.” The story is set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, a town that is haunted by a shape-shifting demonic clown known as Pennywise.Read More

LEGO Batman serves as worthy followup to 2014 classic

March 3, 2017 |


When I watched the LEGO Movie for the first time two years ago glued to the couch in my living room during summer break, my interest grew from simply ‘interested’ to ‘emotionally invested’ rapidly. The witty comedy, … Read More

‘Insurgent’ fails to match up to other dystopian series

March 26, 2015 |


“Insurgent” starts off where its prequel, “Divergent,” left off, with a handful of Dauntless refugees, including main characters Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James), taking refuge from the ruthless Erudite fraction.Read More

‘Jupiter Ascending’ proves less than stellar

February 12, 2015 |


“Jupiter Ascending” hit the box office this past weekend with less than interstellar reviews. In the film, Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is given the life she has always dreamed of when she is suddenly whisked away from her mundane, servant girl lifestyle by Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), an ex-soldier who has been hired to find Jupiter. Read More

Civil Rights Movement showcased in ‘Selma’

January 29, 2015 |


It’s difficult to think critically about a movie like “Selma.”

The 2015 civil rights historical drama checks all the boxes of a good movie. The film is extremely well casted – Tom Wilkinson makes a very convincing … Read More

'Interstellar' takes audience to new heights

November 12, 2014 |


Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” is a fantastic and symbolic stretch of the imagination into space in an effort to save the human race from a starved and depleted Earth.Read More

'The Maze Runner' turns the post-apocalyptic genre down a new route

September 24, 2014 |


In the race to see which imaginary post-apocalyptic world falls apart best, “The Maze Runner” is a sure contender. This movie is set apart from the other book trilogy-turned-films of its kind by its male-led cast and consequent lack of a love story or love triangle.Read More

‘Magic Mike’ Sexy, Lacks Good Story

November 7, 2012 |


If you go to see “Magic Mike” at Cheap Seats this weekend looking forward to something more than the chance to see Channing Tatum in various states of undress, then you will be severely disappointed with … Read More

'Mirror Mirror' Poorly Adapts Snow White

April 18, 2012 |


Although a fresh retelling of the Snow White tale we all know and love, Tarsem Singh’s “Mirror Mirror” fails to do the Disney classic justice.

Starring award-winning actress Julia Roberts as the evil Queen and Lily … Read More

'The Hunger Games': A Cinematic Feast

March 28, 2012 |

If nothing else, “The Hunger Games” proves one thing: there are some things one simply cannot do with words on paper that one can do with film. Read More

Online Exclusive: Tyler Perry's 'Good Deeds' Meets Fan Expectations

March 21, 2012 |


Sitting in a four story Regal movie theatre in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, I cried, laughed, and was inspired as I viewed yet another one of Tyler Perry’s dramatic motion picture films during my spring … Read More

Denzel Washington Goes Rogue in 'Safe House'

February 15, 2012 |


If the idea of a dozen roses, a box of chocolates, and hand holding makes you want to gag all over a Valentine’s Day card, why not celebrate the holiday with some gratuitous, espionage action violence?

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'Chronicle' a Fresh Take on Superheroes

February 15, 2012 |


You may have seen a hundred superhero movies, but you’ve never seen one like “Chronicle.” If you constantly dream about super powers, or find yourself trying to move your pencil across your desk rather than studying, … Read More

"Tower Heist" is Good For a Laugh

February 1, 2012 |


If you are into comical caper films, you should take advantage of this weekend’s Cheap Seats showing of “Tower Heist.”

Composed of an unconventional cast, “Tower Heist” brings together big names such as Eddie Murphy, Ben … Read More

"Ghost Protocol" the Best "Mission" Yet

January 25, 2012 |

Remember when Tom Cruise was a superstar who sat down on couches and didn’t worship alien ghosts? Of course not. It was way before your time. Tom Cruise movies used to be box office events whether they were feel-good … Read More

"Beast" is Still a "Beauty" in 3-D

January 25, 2012 |


School may be back in session, homework might be piling up already, and your back might be aching from carrying all those books, but there is one bright ray of happiness that can light up the … Read More

Odds Are You'll Enjoy "50/50"

January 25, 2012 |


This weekend Cheap Seats will be offering two movies for your viewing pleasure: “Footloose” and “50/50.” If you can only choose one to go to, choose “50/50.”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives an incredible performance as Adam Lerner, … Read More

‘Jurassic Park’ Brings Dinosaurs into Hi-Def

December 7, 2011 |

When the original “Jurassic Park” was released in 1993, I was still young enough to wonder why actors would sign up to be in a movie in which a dinosaur would actually kill them.Read More

There's a Whole Lot to Love in "The Muppets"

November 30, 2011 |

If you have ever wondered what Jason Segel would look like as a Muppet, how Cee Lo Green’s hit song, “Forget You,” would sound like performed by by chickens, or really just like “Mahna Mahna” and want to see … Read More

DiCaprio Steps Into the Shoes of "J. Edgar"

November 30, 2011 |

J. Edgar is as much a historic tale about J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI and the FBI’s origins as it is an unintentional love story and a reflection of society’s feelings about homosexuality in the … Read More

Scorsese Enters the 3-D Movie Arena with "Hugo"

November 30, 2011 |


If the world is like a machine, with no extra parts, then we all have purpose. That’s what the title character of Scorsese’s newest film “Hugo” believes. Hugo believes his purpose is to fix things, namely the … Read More

‘Crazy Stupid Love’ Bringing Hot Guys in Fancy Suits to Cheap Seats This Weekend

November 9, 2011 |


If “The Office” hasn’t been able to fill your need for Steve Carell, or you’ve been missing Ryan Gosling’s abs, this might just be your weekend. “Crazy Stupid Love” is coming to this week’s Cheap Seats … Read More

‘The Help’ is a Good Movie, Not a Faithful Adaptation

November 9, 2011 |


Set against the racially volatile backdrop of the 1960s American south, “The Help” will be bringing vibrant characters and an engaging story to Cheap Seats this week.

The film chronicles the journey of a young recent … Read More

Timberlakes Latest not a Complete Waste of ‘Time’

November 2, 2011 |


Imagine a world where you and I would only age for a few more years. When we reached the age of 25, we would only have a year left to live unless we earned more time. … Read More

‘Paranormal Activity’ Still Brings the Screams

October 26, 2011 |

What was truly scary about the first two films in the “Paranormal Activity” franchise was that the malevolent demon that was the focus of the movies was never explicitly shown to viewers via the faux home video footage presented … Read More

‘Star Wars’ Blu-Ray Offers Much Anticipated Deleted Scenes

October 12, 2011 |

A galaxy far, far away has finally made it’s way to Blu-Ray, accompanied by never-before-seen deleted scenes from the original “Star Wars” films.

The short segments include everything from an extended wampa snow monster attack during “The Empire Strikes … Read More

‘50/50’ is Certain to Please Viewers

October 5, 2011 |

“50/50” is undoubtedly one of the most realistic looks at cancer seen on the silver screen. Based on the true story of writer Will Reiser, the flick follows Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a 27-year-old who is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer that has a fifty percent survival rate. He deals with his illness with the help of his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen), who at first seems to only view the diagnosis as an easy way to score chicks. Read More

‘Moneyball’: A Sports Movie For the Statistically Inclined

October 5, 2011 |

“Moneyball” is a rarity among sports movies: it is appealing and interesting for both sports fans and non-sports fans alike.

Even if you do not understand baseball or sports in general, it is not hard to feel the tension … Read More

Tom Hanks Fails to Impress as 'Larry Crowne'

October 5, 2011 |

I saw “Larry Crowne” over the summer with my mom. I thought it was boring, and she thought it was boring. And that’s saying something.

“Larry Crowne” is your quintessential mom-rom-com. You know, the kind of cutesy romantic comedy … Read More

‘Green Lantern’ Will Leave You Blue

September 28, 2011 |


There were a lot of good superhero movies released over the summer, and DC’s “Green Lantern” was not one of them.

Starring Ryan Reynolds, the movie is a typical superhero movie: there are some ancient intergalactic … Read More